Sassafras albidum (Nutt.) Nees

Common Sassafras, Ague Tree

Family: Lauraceae

Genus: Sassafras

Category: Tree - Deciduous

Zones: 4 to 9

Size: 30' to 60' tall, to 40' wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Leaves have 2 or three lobes. Those with 2 lobes usually have one much larger than the other, mitten-shaped. Yellow-green flowers in spring. Yellow to orange autumn color. Spreads by root suckers forming large colonies in the wild.

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Native from Florida to Maine, and Ontario, Canada.

Introduced to cultivation in 1633.

Published in Syst. Laur. 490 in 1836.

Basionym Laurus albida Nutt.

Synonym Laurus sassafras L. - Linnaeus cites Catesby's Natural History Volume I Plate 55.


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